US film franchise ‘Star Wars’ has fascinated science fiction lovers for decades. The epic space-opera follows the battle between the Jedi and Sith, who use a mystical power known as ‘the Force’ to do their bidding. So far nine instalments have been released in the popular series and a specially themed park based on the alien worlds was opened at Disneyworld last year. ‘Star Wars’ was recognised with numerous awards and holds the Guinness World Record for most successful film merchandising franchise. Six of those blockbusters feature actor Mark Hamill, who plays ‘Luke Skywalker’, the main protagonist of the initial trilogy. Recently the star stepped into the spotlight with a hilarious comment about recently released footage of suspected UFOs. The three cryptic clips were captured by the US Navy and had remained classified until last week.
Today is recognised by many as ‘Star Wars Day’, a celebration started nine years ago to honour the pop culture phenomenon and to play on the phonetic pronunciation of the chosen date.
This specific day – May the fourth (May 4) – was selected for the pun on the film franchise’s popular catchphrase “May the Force be with you”.
Recently, science fiction star Mark Hamill hit the headlines after making light of video recordings that were officially declassified by the US government.
The clips appeared to show mysterious objects with a “glowing aura” flying erratically – later believed to be an “alien aircraft” by some.
Pilots following the object watched the UFOs travel at high speeds and rotate, before one is heard saying “there’s a whole fleet of them”.
The footage was initially hushed-up by the Pentagon while they investigated the clips but last week they were released with a statement.
Spokeswoman Sue Gough said: “In order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”
She explained that the department had concluded the “video does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems”.
Ms Gough added: “[It] does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Chad Underwood, who claimed to be one of the pilots, revealed that he thought the UFO, nicknamed ‘Tic Tac’, was flying in an “erratic” way, to New York Magazine last year.
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He said: “It was just behaving in ways that aren’t physically normal. That’s what caught my eye. Because, aircraft, whether they’re manned or unmanned, still have to obey the laws of physics.”
The pilot admitted it was unlike anything he had seen before – citing that the engine was not “emitting a heat plume”, which all modern aircrafts produce.
Mr Underwood also dispelled another myth about the footage: “You don’t see birds at 5,000 or 10,000 or 20,000 feet. That’s just not how birds operate.”
The viral video footage drew the attention of UFO lovers, conspiracy theorists and the general public, who to this day are debating what the craft could have been.
‘Star Wars’ actor Mark Hamill was among those to propose a theory on Twitter, which had gained in excess of 215,000 likes and 31,300 retweets by May 4.
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